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Last Update: April 6, 2018
Bell Sleeve Dress
0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall
Bell Sleeve Top
S - 3X
Fringed Floral Kimono
L - 6X
Especially popular during both the winter
resort and summer music festival
seasons, Bohemian or BoHo Chic style has evolved
over time, but its free-spirited ethos and
sensibility have remained stable. Today
the style is mainly characterized by the free
flowing styles reminiscent of the hippie era of
flower children, maxi dresses,
and skirts mixed with peasant blouses; but, the
use of luxurious fabrics such as
velvet with beading and embroidery has
carried through from earlier periods.
Kimono toppers and sweater
dusters in gorgeous burn out
velvets, printed chiffons, crochet lace, and
western or ethnic blanket patterns can come into
play at various times of year. Other outerwear styles
can include fringed, western style jackets,
ponchos, capes, and vests. Wide leg palazzo pant
styles are popular with BoHo
fashionistas, in addition to leggings
and jeans. Embroidery
and beading can be very elaborate on both jeans and
and embellishments draw on the ethnic traditions
and crafts from around the world. Vintage
qualities from Pre-War eras can also influence BoHo fashion trends. Hand-crafting, or fabrics
that suggest hand-crafting, play an important
role such as crochet lace, batik prints, and
painted silks. Flower
embellishments and floral prints are in
important part of many looks.
Natural fibers including cotton,
and silk are frequently favored by those who
wear this style. Leather and suede also plays an
important role, especially in
jackets that are a part of the look.
Denim from dark wash to faded vintage and
deconstructed looks work into the look with
jackets, vests and jeans.
Plus-size BoHo clothing,
unfortunately, is still sometimes of lower
quality and available mainly in cheap
synthetics. This has something to do with BoHo-Chic
moving into mainstream trends and the quality of
Fast Fashion in all sizes. But, it also is
a problem with plus clothing, generally.
The best quality is often found in high end
contemporary art-to-wear boutiques that
specialize in limited runs or unique, one-off
pieces that can be purchased directly from the
artisans that design them.
Color palettes tend to be earthy
and revved up with rich mineral tones and shots
of spicy reds and oranges. Meanwhile, it's jewelry, and accessories
that really make the look eclectic and unique.
Ethnic, artisan, and hand-crafted pieces are the
most authentic but long strands of beads, tooled leather and gem
studded belts, chandelier
earrings, cuff bracelets, beaded sandals, and tall leather boots
can all be found at lower mass market prices
with the BoHo aesthetic.
Young, trendy Fast Fashion spots
with low prices can be a good resource.
Some of the best junior retailers for BoHo
style clothes, especially during the summer
festival season are
which offer BoHo inspired fashion in sizes to
also carry styles that would be appealing,
especially maxi dresses and tops in size XL to 6X.
British shopping hot-spot
been stocking flowing kimono toppers and maxi
dresses this year. Super size divas will also appreciate the
mixed print blouses and growing eco-fashion
in size 12 to 38W.
has a growing collection of peasant tops and
tunics in mixed prints, and often carries resort
style maxi dresses and kimono toppers in size
small to 3X.
Meanwhile, Indian direct
wholesale to consumer website
begun adding BoHo cotton and rayon selections to
their primarily vintage inspired dress
collection. All styles can be customized
for height and are available from 0 to 36W.
Plus specialty retailer
SWAK has a
California beach vibe to their collection that
will be appealing, especially print maxi dresses
and wide leg palazzo pants in size 1X to 6X.
frequently has BoHo inpsired tops, tunics, maxi
skirts and dresses from a wide variety of
labels, including some private label brands
designed just for them, in addition to junior
plus lines. Their deep jeans selections
often provides just the right vintage denim
looks favored by bohemian princesses as well.
More upscale bohemian designer
labels that work is silk such as Johnny Was and
Tolani are regularly available from
Neiman Marcus in size 1X to 3X. Look for
Citron, Lucky Brand, City Chic at
for bohemian tops in sizes up to 24W, with maxi
dresses from labels such as Tart, MYNT, and
Melissa McCarthy in sizes up to 4X.
An excellent resource for crinkle
peasant skirts and dresses, in addition to
ponchos and sweaters is
For some of
the most unique styles available in plus check
with sizes available from 2 to 28W. Here
you'll find plenty of vintage inspiration from
medieval, renaissance, and hippie chick eras
along with unique laces, velvets, prints, and
pieces such as bell sleeves, harem pants, and
BoHo jackets and sweaters are especially good at
North Style, while
Coldwater Creek often has more upscale
looks in natural fibers appealing to polished
bohemian fashionistas for sizes up to 24W.
Soft Surroundings has some of the most
sumptuous textiles including luscious BoHo
prints, beading, embroidery, lace, modals,
silks, and cottons. Everything is
available up to size 18, with a good selection
extended to size 24W and talls and petites. Meanwhile, those
seeking western style accessories, genuine and
faux leather and suede with fringe, and prairie
style blouses and skirts will have good luck at
Back in the Saddle.
Boutiques are some of the best places to find
more unusual styles and a growing number are
including larger sizes in their offerings.
marketplace allows you to browse hundreds of
boutiques from all over the United States on one
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